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Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD)
Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD)

The Paracou forestry experimental site: permanent plots of forest inventories since 1984.

Type: datasetLicense: not specifiedCategory: biotaScale: 1 / 5000Last update: 22 years ago
Environmental monitoring facilities

The Paracou Research Station encompasses 5000 ha of tropical rain forest near Sinnamary, French Guiana, and is accessible by paved road. The site includes several types of forest plots, each with unique research objectives. Logging Plots: Fifteen nine-hectare plots (numberred 1 to 15) were established in 1984 to study the impact of different logging treatments on tropical tree population structure. This zone is reserved exclusively for studies investigating the impact of the different logging treatments on forest populations. Primary Forest Plot: A 25 hectare plot (no. 16) was established in 1991 for studies of undisturbed forest. Researchers whose interests are unrelated to the effects of logging treatments are encouraged to conduct their work in this plot. Clearcut Plot: a 6.25 ha plot (no. 17) was established in 1989 at a nearby reserve along the road to St. Elie to study the effects of clearcutting on tropical forest dynamics

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Under development.

Purpose: not specified

Data life cycle, according to producer:
Creation date: January 1, 1984
Update frequency: as needed
State: planned


CIRAD Paracou experimental station website

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